Illinois State University: Narrative Description

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Normal, IL 61790-2200
Tel: (309)438-2111; Admissions: (309)438-2181; Fax: (309)438-3932; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1857. Setting: 850-acre urban campus. Endowment: $32.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $15.7 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4917 per student. Total enrollment: 20,860. Faculty: 1,084 (846 full-time, 238 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 10,075 applied, 75% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 82% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 25 valedictorians. Full-time: 16,811 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,286 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 55 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 83% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4123 full-time, $137.43 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8593 full-time, $286.43 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1407 full-time, $40.57 per credit hour part-time, $608.55 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5414. College room only: $2682. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 250 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 7,345 students; 7,452 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Milner Library with 1.5 million books, 4,873 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $8.1 million. 2,100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Bloomington-Normal, with a combined population of 142,650, has a strong agricultural base with many business and industrial affiliations. Located at the intersection of Interstates 55 and 74, it is 132 miles from Chicago, 65 miles from Springfield, and 168 miles from St. Louis. Winters are moderately cold, summers are warm, and spring and fall are delightful. Both the twin-cities offer business districts for shopping, banking, and professional services, as well as year-round municipal recreational programs.

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